City Nature Challenge 2024: Hartford + New Haven Counties: Biodiversity Observations

Let's share the biodiversity of central CT with the world! Search for wild plants, animals, and other creatures between April 26th and April 29 to see how many species you can find within the boundaries of Hartford and New Haven Counties, Connecticut - from our parks and wildlife areas, to our backyards and city streets. Anyone can participate - all you need is a smartphone and the iNaturalist app! Just make observations within the project boundaries, and they will automatically be added to this project. You can join the project to receive updates and learn about events near you! Cities and counties across the world will be participating in the City Nature Challenge on the same weekend, in a friendly competition to see who can make the most observations and ID the most different species. For more information and Here  

City Nature Challenge 2024: Fairfield and Westchester County: Biodiversity Observations

The Maritime Aquarium is excited to bring the City Nature Challenge to Fairfield and Westchester Counties again in 2024! The City Nature Challenge is an international event where people find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe: a bioblitz-style competition where metro areas are in a contest against each other to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can find the most species, and who can engage the most people. https://www.maritimeaquarium.org/city-nature-challenge There is nature all around us, even in our cities! Knowing what species are in our city and where they are helps us study and protect them, but the ONLY way to do that is by all of us - scientists, land managers, and the community - working together to find and document the nature in our area. By participating in the City Nature Challenge, not only do you learn more about your local nature, but you can also make your city a better place - for you and other species! The City Nature Challenge is organized by the citizen science teams at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences    

Webinar: Yale Institute of Sacred Music: Biophilia: In Excelsis

Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s Religion, Ecology, and Expressive Culture initiative is pleased to present a dialogical webinar to celebrate the closing of the art exhibition, Biophilia: In Excelsis. Reflecting on the role of art, music and religion in addressing the climate crisis, this cross-disciplinary conversation will feature the exhibition curator M. Annenberg, the artist and composer Paul D. Miller aka Dj Spooky, the ClimateMusic Project composer Richard Festinger, and the eco-philosopher Timothy Morton. M. Annenberg will discuss some of the works featured in the exhibition. Paul D. Miller aka Dj Spooky and Richard Festinger will share and discuss climate-themed compositions. Timothy Morton will offer philosophical reflections on art, religion, and climate. Their brief presentations will be followed by dialogue and Q&A. This event is free and open to the public, but please register in advance(link is external). For more information

Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour

Clinton Town Hall 54 East Main Street, Clinton

Wild & Scenic is a film festival with a purpose, bringing together storytellers and stories that reflect a love and appreciation of the natural world. The evening will feature a series of short award-winning environmental and adventure films from around the world. Festival-goers will see 11 short films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, indigenous cultures, and more. These films illustrate the Earth’s beauty, yet show the challenges facing our planet and the communities working to protect it. The evening’s emcee is Bill Lucey, the Long Island Soundkeeper with Save the Sound. Join us at 6:00 pm for an opening reception. Films start at 7:00. Intermission with refreshments. For more information

$35

RTPC CONNECTICUT RIVER LECTURE SERIES: Resilient Connecticut: Protecting Our Coastal Communities: John Truscinski

Old Lyme Town Hall 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

One hundred year and five hundred year weather-related events are coming with more frequency and, as we see the catastrophic damage of storms across the country, we are reminded of our own vulnerability. Our coastal communities and diverse ecosystems that support, not just our wildlife, but our local economies and way of life remain at risk of the next superstorm. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Connecticut took steps to work with communities to assess risk and create adaptation plans to mitigate the effects of future events. The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is located at the University of Connecticut.  Our speaker, John Truscinski, is the Director of Resilience Planning and manages the Resilience Connecticut Project.  His presentation will focus on the risks to our coasts and what steps CIRCA takes to work with local communities. Register here for May 9

THE PLASTIC BAG STORE: Art installation and immersive film experience: MASS MOCA

Mass Moca 1040 MASS MoCA WAY, North Adams

MAY 9 - SEPTEMBER 2, 2024 A Tragicomic Ode to the Foreverness of Plastic. The Plastic Bag Store is a public art installation and immersive film experience by Brooklyn-based artist Robin Frohardt that uses humor, craft, and a critical lens to question our culture of consumption and convenience — specifically, the enduring effects of single-use plastics. The shelves are stocked with thousands of original, hand-sculpted items — produce and meat, dry goods and toiletries, cakes and sushi rolls — all made from discarded, single-use plastics in an endless cacophony of packaging.   The Plastic Bag Store has an estimated run time of 60 minutes. For more information    

$20 – $25

RTPC CONNECTICUT RIVER LECTURE SERIES: Exploring the Connecticut River: Patrick J. Lynch

Lyme Art Association 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

Whether you are planning a summer or fall expedition to explore the northern reaches of the Connecticut River or you just want to learn more from the comfort of home, Patrick Lynch’s latest book: A Field Guide to the Connecticut River: From New Hampshire to Long Island Sound is the book for you. Building off the success of his Field Guide to Long Island Sound this latest offering from author, illustrator, photographer, and naturalist, arrives in bookstores in April. Patrick is joining us to relate more about this river we call our own and what we will find along its long journey to the Sound. The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center is delighted to present this Connecticut resident and former member of the Board of the Connecticut Audubon Society. Join us and celebrate his new book. Register here for May 16

June Open Trails + Music + Bird Watching at I-Park

I Park 428 Hopyard Road, East Haddam

Get your tickets for Open Trails, they're free. Visitors will be given a trail map and are invited to explore the grounds. Most of our trails are quite gentle and you can spend as little as forty-five minutes or several hours meandering and exploring the flora, fauna and artworks. Early birds can catch the guided bird walk by our friends from Mattabeseck Audubon Society, a local chapter of the National Audubon Society at 9AM, please indicate that you are going on the birdwalk when you register. Bring a picnic. Stay for the music. On the Trail is playing at 1PM. This is a family-friendly free public event. All ages are welcome, however reservations in advance are REQUIRED. Donations for adults are welcome and appreciated. For additional information, write events@i-park.org or call 860-873-2468. For more information  

Forage & Feast 2024 at White Gate Farm

White Gate Farm 83 Upper Pattagansett Road, East Lyme

Come roam the edges of fields and woods for delicious, nutritious wild plants and then sit down at a table outside to a multi-course repast.  In the event of rain we will refund your money. Knotweed Quick Pickles Salad of Lambs quarters and wild Brassicas Stinging Nettle Chowder Fried Pokeweed with Wild Sorrel, Vetch and Wild Onion Cream Sautéd Dandelion Greens and Wild Garlic Sourdough Pizza with Freshly Foraged Mushrooms Hot Dandelion Root and Sassafras Tea Forsythia and Mint Iced Tea Knotweed Crisp with Dandelion Syrup & Ice cream        Instructors are Farmer Dan (shown above with a Chicken of the Woods mushroom) and Farm Owner Pauline.  Chef Tami will prepare our dinner.  BYOB is welcome.  20 people max. REGISTER  

$85

Pollinator Days at White Flower Farm

White Flower Farm 167 Litchfield Road (Route 63), Litchfield

Learn about best practices and plants to attract pollinators to your home landscape. Assemble for an informal talk with members of our garden staff then enjoy a quick tour of our display gardens with special emphasis on plant combinations. No fee or registration required. Kids are invited to build a decorative butterfly house and decorate it with nature stickers and colorful paint pens. Kits are $10 each and available all day while supplies last. Attendees receive 20% OFF all in-stock Butterfly Bushes (Buddleia). For more information

$10

UNITED TABLE: WHAT’S UP GASTROPOD?- TALK & TASTING

United Theater 5 Canal St, Westerly, RI

We are excited to announce the next event in the UNITED Table series at the United Theater with Eating With the Ecosystem! Join us on June 15th as we host a panel and tasting event showcasing Gastropods – or Snails of the sea – Whelks, periwinkles, and slipper limpets. These local delicacies are often overlooked or shipped elsewhere for processing and feasting. Join us to hear from those fishing for, studying and preparing these local and sustainable mollusks. Following the panel we will move into the gallery events space where attendees will get a free beer or wine along with a taste of some of the delicious gastropods from the region. Tickets available by visiting https://unitedtheatre.org/shows/the-united-table-whats-up-gastropod-talk-tasting/ For more information

$25

Dixwell Q-House Farmer’s Market​ in New Haven

Q-HOUSE FARMERS MARKET 197 Dixwell Ave, New Haven

Wednesdays | 3pm – 6pm Opening Day: June 12 Daniel Stewart Plaza 197 Dixwell Ave Q House and CitySeed are excited to be collaborating to bring a Farmers Market to the Daniel Stewart Plaza at Q House this summer! This market will look much like CitySeeds other markets, offering fresh locally grown and produced foods, live music, and activities. Stay tuned for more info. The Q House is a bustling community center that provides resources, opportunities, and a safe and fun gathering space for folks of all ages and backgrounds. Learn more about the Dixwell Q House here. Vendors at our market accept credit, debit, cash and SNAP/EBT. We even double SNAP/EBT for fresh produce. For more information